Monday, February 27, 2012

Defendants Win Anti-SLAPP Motion in Lawsuit Against Co-op Board

Today, Judge McPhee dismissed the lawsuit brought by five Co-op members against 16 current and previous Board members. He ruled that the lawsuit was an illegal "SLAPP" (or strategic lawsuit against public participation.) Furthermore, he ruled that Washington's anti-SLAPP law is constitutional. You can read the full press release from the Olympia Food Co-op and the Center for Constitutional Rights here. There are also numerous news articles about this decision, including one in The Olympian and an AP story in the Seattle PI.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Win $75 + $25 of free Co-op groceries for taking our survey and passing it on!

We know that we have asked you to take a lot of surveys about our new logo. This final survey will be the third.

But your opinion is very important to us! We can't make this decision without your input. This final logo survey features re-designs of our previous top-two logos, and an additional, entirely new logo option. The re-designs are very different from the first versions, with particular focus on making the words "Olympia Food Co-op" stand out.

We also need your help to get this survey out to Olympia-area non-members. We want to know the opinions of people who are not Co-op shoppers, so that we can compare them to the opinions of current members.  It's easy for us to contact members - via this blog, facebook, and the many email addresses that we have on file - but difficult to reach non-members. Please help by forwarding the survey link to local friends and family. If you are part of an organization with an email list who wouldn't mind, ask them to send the survey link out to their members. We would very, very much appreciate it! Here is the link:

Since we are asking so much of you (and your friends and family), we wanted to make the deal a little sweeter by offering an opportunity to win free Co-op groceries. You have two chances to win a Co-op gift certificate:

  • Anyone who takes the survey can choose to be entered into a drawing for a $75 Co-op gift certificate! (There is only one entry allowed per person, and Co-op staff are not eligible.) 

  • For every Olympia-area non-member who you refer this survey to, you will receive one entry for an additional $25 Co-op gift certificate. When non-members take the survey, they will be asked to give the name of the member who referred them to the survey - so make sure they know your full name!

Thank you for taking a few moments to take our survey and pass it on. It has been a long process to reach this point, and we in the Outreach committee are very excited about making a final decision and beginning implementation! Expect to see new store signage - and more - later this year.


Jayne, for the Outreach Committee

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ban the bag!: "Bag it!" film screening at OFS

As you may have read previously, the Co-op has signed onto the Ban the Bag campaign

Want to learn more about the problems with plastic bags and support the campaign? Well, mark your calendars for the screening of "Bag it" on March 10th! Here's the info from Environment Washington, sponsor of the Ban the Bag campaign: 

"Bag It", an award-winning film directed by Suzan Beraza and written by Michelle Curry Wright, documents an average man's struggle with the growing threat of plastics in our society.  Funny, educational and relevant, this movie encourages us to think about what happens to our plastic products after we have used them. And we are bringing this film to Olympia!

We know that bags are a serious threat to our wildlife. This film looks at bags (and plastics generally) pollute our environment and can even get in our bodies, making us sick! You won’t want to miss this great film.

What: A screening of Bag It, with a dialogue after about local efforts to reduce plastic pollution from bags.
Where: Capital Theater in Downtown Olympia
When: Saturday, March 10th at 4:00

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2/16 Proposed Board Agenda

Board meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Co-op's downtown office (610 Columbia St.) from 6:30-9:30pm. Members are welcome!

Announcements                                                                                   2 min
Mission Statement/Agenda Review                                                        3 min
Commitments Review/Minutes Review                                                    3 min
Member Comment                                                                                5 min
BPC Report                                                                                          5 min
Co-op Conversation Update                                                                  10 min
Branding Update                                                                                   5 min
Commuter Contest – poster request                                                       5 min
Committee Membership cont’d                                                             15 min
Committee Reports                                                                             20 min
Meeting Eval/Commitments                                                                   2 min

                                                        Total Meeting Time              1hour 15 min

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lawsuit: New Hearing Date Set for Feb. 23

A new date has been set for the first hearing in the lawsuit filed against 16 current and former Olympia Food Co-op Board members and staff. The new date is February 23 at 9AM, at the Thurston County Courthouse. If you plan to attend, please be aware that there is limited seating at the court.